EQIP funding for Minnesota forest and woodland owners: 2013 update

By Ginger Kopp, Minnesota NRCS Staff Forester. Updated March 2013. One Million Dollars available to Minnesota Forest Landowners The Minnesota Natural Resources Conservation Service 2013 EQIP State-wide Forestry Initiative has $1 million available to forest landowners who want to implement forest practices in their woodlands. The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is available to forest landowners with as little as 1 […]

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The Road to a Thoughtful Street Tree Master Plan Slideshow Series (2011)

A new resource, years in the making By Sean Peterson Several years ago, arborist Ken Simons and University of Minnesota Prof. Gary Johnson first set out to define what practical information Minnesota communities needed to develop a step-by-step practical “Master Plan” for street tree planning and design. After much research, compilation of available resources, discussion, planning and finally implementation, in […]

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Enhanced Federal Tax Incentives for Land Conservation Renewed

This article is republished with permission from the January 2011 MassWoods update. Congress recently renewed the enhanced tax deduction for conservation restriction donations through December 31, 2011! This is a powerful tool for allowing modest-income donors to receive greater credit for donating a valuable conservation restriction on their property, but it’s only good for project completed in 2010 and 2011. […]

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One Family’s Forest: New book on keeping the family forest in the family

Back Forty Press is pleased to announce that One Family’s Forest has just been released.  The authors, Alan Haney and Lowell Klessig, have been personally and professionally involved in woodland management for decades.  Drawing heavily from their personal experience as owners of woodland in five Wisconsin counties as well as their careers at the College of Natural Resources, University of […]

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Local Work Group Meetings for EQIP Now Scheduled

Just this morning I received the following announcement from Ginger Kopp, State Staff Forester with the Natural Resource Conservation Service.  The meetings she describes offer a very good opportunity for local citizens to influence how cost-share funds are allocated at the local level.  If you can attend your county’s LWG meeting, you should.  Act quickly, as the meetings are going […]

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The value of private forests and other wood products market news

Don Deckard, Forest Economist with the Minnesota DNR, recently distributed the December 2009 Wood Markets Monthly report.  There’s a lot of interesting reading….  The headlines are below, and you can download the full report here. General Interest New study reports Minnesota’s private forests support 47,000 jobs with $1.8 billion payroll Minnesota counties receive 143% increase in timber payments GDP increased […]

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Updated content on Minnesota Land Economics

[I thought this message might be of interest to some of our readers:] Dear Colleague: Three new things at Minnesota Land Economics: 1. 2009 assessor estimates of land values. Please be careful. From the site: “In 2009, the Minnesota Legislature created several new classifications for agricultural and timber land in the state. On Minnesota Land Economics, the reclassifications are handled […]

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Community Supported Forestry

Like the idea of Community Supported Agriculture?  Looking for ways to make a few bucks from your woodland?  A Wisconsin family is trying Community Supported Forestry. This is a pretty interesting idea:  For an annual payment of $550, Roald Gundersen and Amelia Baxter of Hamburg, WI are offering unlimited access to their 140-acre wooded valley south of LaCrosse.  Four of […]

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Minnesota Conservation Funding Guide from MDA

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture just launched a web-based tool to assist farmers and ag professionals regarding conservation programs and practices. Here is the announcement from Barbara Weisman below: The Conservation Funding Guide is a one-stop, online tool Minnesota farmers and other landowners can use to learn about conservation practices, programs, and payments. It provides a wealth of information all […]

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Updated "Estate Planning for Forest Landowners" publication

The following announcement was distributed via email in early March 2009 by Neal Bungard, Forest Legacy Specialist, USDA Forest Service, Northeastern Area. This is an excellent and comprehensive guide to estate planning for woodland owners. The document “Estate Planning for Forest Landowners: What Will Become of Your Timberland?” has been finalized an the electronic version was posted on the web […]

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